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Feds cancel RFP for immigration paperwork center

Friday, the federal government called off a call for proposals to set up a special operations center in Virginia to process to process up to five million forms for DAPA, the Obama administration's deferred action program focused on parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. ... Read more»

White House to seek stay of immigration ruling

The Obama administration will ask a court on Monday to allow the president’s controversial immigration plan to move forward after a Texas judge halted the program earlier this week. ... Read more»

DHS budget shutdown looms, but frontline services will go on

If the Department of Homeland Security runs out of money next week, as feared, TSA workers will still keep watch on Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and federal agents will still patrol the Mexican border. They just won't get paid until Congress passes a budget to fund DHS. ... Read more»

Tax-time reprieve for Obamacare procrastinators

The Obama administration said Friday it will allow a special health law enrollment period from March 15 to April 30 for consumers who realize while filling out their taxes that they owe a fee for not signing up for coverage last year.... Read more»

Texas lawmakers: Toying with DHS funding a risky game

Texas lawmakers say that if Congress can't agree on a way to fund the Department of Homeland Security soon, the U.S. will look ridiculous to the world, and the southern border will look tempting to transnational gangs. ... Read more»

Real estate agents buzzing about drones

A Tucson real estate agent is the first person to obtain an exemption from the FAA to fly a drone specifically for real-estate marketing. Draft guidelines issued this week could open the door for more real-estate professionals to use the technology.... Read more»

Tucson think tank holding citizen-led science debate on water issues

The Institute on Science for Global Policy, a nonprofit organization focused on science issues, will hold its first conference in Tucson on Friday and Saturday, "Living Less with Water," focusing on the consequences of climate change.... Read more»

Texas leaders say state will win immigration case

At a celebratory press conference Wednesday, Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz, Ken Paxton and Dan Patrick hailed a federal judge's ruling to block President Obama's immigration plans, and confidently predicted that Texas will keep winning on appeal. ... Read more»1

Obamacare enrollment tops 204,000 in Arizona

The 204,000 Arizonans who signed up for health insurance in the just-ended open enrollment period was a sharp increase from last year. At least 11.4 million Americans are now enrolled. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Race and Beyond: When words are used as weapons

Lately, I’ve become aware of an increase in the amount of kvetching that surrounds me. Whether online, in private conversation, or in public discourse, people seem eager to express their discontent with one thing or another. Rarely do I hear folks expressing an equal measure of praise or satisfaction for the bounty of people, places, or things that they encounter in their daily lives.... Read more»

Advocates say court ruling won’t stop Obama’s immigration action

Arizona is one of 26 states suing to block President Obama's expanded immigration reforms, and state GOP lawmakers hailed the order delaying those policies two days before they were to take effect. Immigration advocates were unfazed, confident the order will be overturned. ... Read more»

Homeland Security delays accepting DACA applications

The day before federal officials were scheduled to begin accepting applications for deferred action under President Obama's executive actions, a Monday decision by a federal judge has halted the program. The secretary of Homeland Security announced that his agency had to comply with the eleventh-hour order and suspend the program until further notice. ... Read more»

Attorneys, feds mull options after immigration ruling

Immigration attorneys are telling their clients not to panic following a federal court ruling that temporarily halted President Obama’s November executive action.... Read more»

Advocates welcome FAA’s proposed rules on commercial drones

Backers say the proposed rules could open the door to a multibillion-dollar industry of commercial drone use, for jobs as varied as inspecting infrastructure to farming to movie making. The proposal was years in the making, and it will be months before they can take effect. ... Read more»

Federal judge blocks Obama's immigration action

In a late Monday filing, a U.S. District Court judge issued an injunction halting President Obama's November executive actions expanding deferred action. The order could keep federal officials from accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Wednesday. ... Read more»3

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